Editors' pick

Olney Theatre Center

11/25 - 12/27

Guys and Dolls

The musical comedy delves into the world of gangsters and gambling. Best for age 7 and older.
2/10/16 - 3/6/16

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical

Bizet's opera about star-crossed lovers is re-imagined as a jazz musical set in 1958 Cuba.
3/10/16 - 4/10/16

Marjorie Prime

Jordan Harrison's comedy tells the story of an 85-year-old widow living out her life with a hologram of her husband.
4/6/16 - 5/1/16

Dial 'M' For Murder

Alfred Hitchcock's thriller about a murder gone wrong is staged.
5/12/16 - 6/12/16

Bakersfield Mist

A woman going through a rocky point in her life stumbles upon a possible lost Jackson Pollock.
6/23/16 - 7/24/16


The life of Argentina's first lady is explored in this musical.
7/14/16 - 8/21/16

Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan's comedy operetta about a pirates is staged.
7/14/16 - 8/21/16

The Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera is staged.

Editorial Review

Olney Theatre Center

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

The town of Olney isn't quite as rural as it was when the 14-acre complex was established 71 years ago, but the theater still has the most relaxed, bucolic energy of any local stage. With four performance spaces of varying sizes (one outdoor stage, a barnlike historic hall, a state-of-the-art contemporary house and a small black box), the theater doesn't have a single niche. This variety allows artistic director Jim Petosa to ask himself, with every production, "Do I want to play this on a pipe organ, or do I want to play this on a flute?"

Where to eat? Just across the street from the theater, the venerable Olney Ale House (301-774-6708; http://www.olneyalehouse.com) is an area tradition. A short drive away, you'll find great Belgian food at Mannequin Pis (301-570-4800; http://www.mannequinpis.com) and medium-priced Italian at Ricciuti's (301-570-3388; http://www.ricciutis.com).

Concession-stand fare: Limited: sweet and savory snacks; nonalcoholic drinks.

Tickets: $26 to $49.

Getting there: Olney is best accessed by car and has free on-site parking.

Season spotlight: Coming on the heels of the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his "On the Origin of Species," the area premiere of "Trumpery" (June 9-July 4) recounts the naturalist's struggle with a rival scientist and his own doubts.